Virginia football made significant strides in 2011.
The Cavaliers under second-year head coach Mike London made a bowl game for the first time since 2007 and were just one game from claiming the ACC Coastal Crown.
Virginia had won one game in franchise history in Florida before last season when they swept the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles in the Sunshine State.
Now Virginia must deal with heightened expectations and significant losses on both offense and defense heading into 2012.
While some players have already shown signs of being stars, this team's success will depend on the ability of new players to rise up and fill the void at several key positions.
Here are five players to keep an eye on this spring. They may not be household names yet, but their play could determine which direction the Cavaliers head next season.